The spread of culture and religion across Asia is astounding. Perhaps no more so than the existance of anicent Hindu temples in Vietnam. Known as M? S?n, this collection of ruined temples in Central Vietnam are dedicated to the Lord Shiva. Built and inhabited between 4th and 14th centuries CE, the site was the religious and cultural center of the Cham Kingdom. Eventually the Viet conquored Central Vietnam and the Champa civilization fell. Unfortunately the ruins, rediscovered by the French in 1898, were heavily bombed during the Vietnam war, and today many of the temples lay in ruins. It’s certainly worth a visit though, and like so many forgotten sites, the jungle like atmosphere adds to the sense of adventure and exploration.
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